Washington Territory, early 1860s, courtesy Special Collections Division, U or W Libraries.

Following the Introduction to Vigilante Day’s and Ways (see the first installment in this series), author Langford provides the reader with some history regarding our country’s early push to increase its reach toward the western edge of the continent, including the Louisiana Purchase and treaties with Britain, Spain and Russia regarding territories along the west coast and Alaska. Langford then gets to the main point of his book: describing the mining camps and nearby towns and the outlaws harassing them, necessitating the formation of vigilante groups to stop them.

Chapter IV: Henry Plummer.  Langford opens this chapter describing the big rivers of the region, including the Snake, then setting the scene of a new town on that river that saw significant and rapid growth because of the 1860 gold rush: Lewiston.


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Rebecca Wallick

Rebecca is a freelance writer and publisher living near McCall, Idaho. A Seattle native and recovering attorney, she much prefers the quiet, slow pace, and distinct seasons of the West Central Mountains, enjoying the skiing, hiking and running opportunities provided by the nearby Payette National Forest. Rebecca is a Contributing Editor with Bark magazine, and the author of Growing Up Boeing: The Early Jet Age Through the Eyes of a Test Pilot’s Daughter (Feb 2014).

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